(WWBT) - While many car manufacturers recommend children remain in rear-facing seats until they are 2-years-old, there is currently no law stating this in Virginia.
That, however, is about to change.
The General Assembly passed a bill recently that toughens and updates the state's car seat and booster seat laws.
We're inviting you to be a part of that conversation in NBC12's next "Digital Dialogue."
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House Bill 708 requires child safety seats remain rear facing until the age of 2, or until the child reaches the minimum weight limit for a forward-facing child restraint device as prescribed by the manufacturer of the device.
If Gov. Ralph Northam signs the bill, it will go into effect July 1, 2019.
During the "Digital Dialogue," our panel talked about what the changes mean for parents, and helped clear up any confusion.
On our panel was:
- Martha Meade, a manager of public and government affairs for AAA Mid-Atlantic. AAA is a nonprofit member service organization with over 58 million members in the US and Canada. AAA provides services including roadside assistance.
- Corri C. Miller-Hobbs, RN, BSN, CPN, CPST, Safe Kids Virginia program coordinator at the Children's Hospital of Richmond at VCU, a state coalition of Safe Kids Worldwide. She’s a certified Pediatric Nurse and Child Passenger Safety Technician. She’s also a member of the American Nurses Association and American Association of Critical Care Nurses.
- Chief Deputy Lee Bailey of the New Kent County Sheriff’s Office. He’s also a certified Passenger Safety Instructor.
- Del. Eileen Filler-Corn (D-District 41): Sponsored House Bill 708 that requires safety seats remain rear facing until a child reaches the age of two, or the child reaches the minimum weight limit for a forward-facing child restraint device as prescribed by the manufacturer of the device.
The discussion was also hosted live on NBC12's Roku and Amazon Fire channels.
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